Woman With Allergies

How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for most people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Winnipeg homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from house to household. You can get filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.

It’s also important to have your system habitually serviced by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that you have the tools you need to fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 204-272-8128 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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